Stephen Muse

Stephen Muse, FAIA, Senior Principal, received a Bachelor of Architecture with High Honors from the University of Maryland and a Master of Architecture from Cornell University, where he was a Graduate Fellow in Professor Colin Rowe’s urban design studio. In 1983, Stephen founded Muse Architects.


He has been a design faculty member of the Departments of Architecture at the University of Maryland, Cornell University and Harvard University, and has been a member of the Washington Chapter/AIA Board of Directors and the Washington Architectural Foundation Board of Directors. He also served for 13 years as member and chairman of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, Georgetown Historic District Board.


In 1996, in recognition of his "notable design contributions to the profession of architecture," Stephen was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects. In 2005, he was selected as Alum of the Year by the University of Maryland, as a result of “his involvement in bridging education and the profession.” In 2008 Stephen was inducted into Builder magazine’s William S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence for his “invaluable contributions to residential design.” In 2014, he was inducted into the Home and Design Magazine Hall of Fame. In 2020, Stephen was appointed to the University of Maryland School of Architecture Advisory Board.